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10 Survival Uses for Blackberries

Monday, July 25, 2016, 5:17 PM

Learn 10 different ways to utilize blackberry plants and their fruit.

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/10-survival-uses-blackberries

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Bulk Food Storage Tips

How to avoid 5 common mistakes
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 6:35 PM

5 tips and areas of concern to keep in mind when putting away bulk foods or prepping your deep pantry.  Keep building your resilience!

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/survival-skills-how-avoid-5-common-mistakes-bulk-food-storage » Read more

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DIY Beef Jerky

Make the best beef jerky at home
Thursday, June 30, 2016, 6:47 PM

It’s smoky. Savory. Salty. Sometimes a little sweet. It has been a favorite snack of travelers and nomads for thousands of years. I’m speaking, of course, of jerky.

Today, jerky is a big business. The Washington Post recently reported that it’s a $1.5 billion industry in the United States. Sales are up 46 percent since 2009. This high-protein, low-fat, low-carb, gluten-free snack has never been more popular. » Read more

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15 Solar Water Heater Plans

DIY projects for creating your own hot water
Thursday, June 9, 2016, 11:56 AM

A wonderful list of solar water heater ideas and installations.  Time to start thinking about using the power of the sun to heat your water and save on energy costs.

http://homestead-and-survival.com/15-diy-solar-water-heater-plans/

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DIY Mosquito Repellent

3 Ways to Make Your Own
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6:38 PM

As your family begins to move outdoors for the summer, you’ll have to take precaution against mosquitos and other insects.

Using mosquito repellent helps reduce your risk of exposure to Zika, West Nile virus or other diseases, it allows you to enjoy your summer activities with a lower risk of disease. » Read more

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10 Ways to Make Fire Without Matches

Updated videos on methods of creating fire
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 4:24 PM

As we look at preparing for uncertain times, we seek to have the resources on hand to weather the storm and be more resilient in our daily lives.  We store water and put food away for shortages or emergency situations.  We make sure we can communicate with family, friends, and loved ones.  We are all working on building resilience our own ways and learning from each other. 

Knowledge and skills acquisition is a topic that resonates greatly with the Peak Prosperity community. In this article we will explore a critical skill to learn and practice that can help you in really tough times or emergency situations – the skill of making fire. » Read more

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How to Make a Codling Moth Trap and Lure

DIY pest control
Monday, March 14, 2016, 5:52 PM

Last year, a lot of my apple crop and some of my pear crop were infested with codling moth larvae. Given that I don’t spray my trees, I needed to come up with an alternative for control, unless I wanted to grow apples for the moths. This season, I’ve sprayed kaolin clay, which is a tiny clay particle that you spray on to the leaves and the fruit. This acts as an irritant to the pests, causing them to move on. This has worked well so far, as we’ve already had our best cherry harvest yet, and the apples and pears still look pretty clean. » Read more

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How to Make a Solar Still

DIY Tutorial
Monday, October 26, 2015, 3:12 PM

Learn to make your own distilled water and other liquids using these DIY solar still plans. A great weekend project to build resiliency and have more water security.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/home/how-to-make-a-solar-still-ze0z1209zsch.aspx

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19 Fall Garden Ideas

Projects and tips to extend your harvest
Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:46 PM

Some great ideas and projects (links to more detailed articles) for your Fall garden and to help your summer bounty last a bit longer into the colder months. 

http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/fall-garden-ideas-projects-tips-extend-your-harvest.html

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Phil Williams

How to Grow Shitake Mushrooms in Logs

DIY fungi gardens
Thursday, August 13, 2015, 6:29 PM

Over the past six years, I’ve enjoyed growing healthy fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs. One part of my diet that I’ve overlooked is fungi. Until now, I hadn’t thought of the benefits of including mushrooms as a regular part of my diet. Mushrooms are high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. On the negative side, fresh and dried mushrooms, like Shitakes are expensive. We as gardeners can get around that by growing our own. » Read more